Call 2010 (Lincoln’s Inn)
Qualifications LLB (University of Bristol) – First-Class Honours, BVC – Outstanding
Awards Lord Mansfield and Harwicke Scholar, Herbert Smith LLP Prize, Tom Glanville Jones Prize
Appointments Senior Associate Tutor of Law, University of Bristol (2012), Contributing author to the Lexis Nexis PSL service, Private International Law (2014)
Nicholas has experience of a wide range of commercial disputes with a particular emphasis on those with cross-border implications.
Nicholas has also taught the law of contract at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Bristol.
He has particular experience of litigation involving the motor industry and professional sport. Clients include a major Formula One team, several well known car manufacturers and a former international rugby player and coach.
Nicholas has also acted in relation to a number of high value claims concerning interest rate swap and cap mis-selling, ranging from c. £200,000 to upwards of £8 million.
- “He is really sharp on black letter law issues, but he’s practical and a good advocate as well.” “I was extremely impressed with his unflappable demeanour and his ability to control the courtroom.” Chambers UK, Commercial Dispute Resolution (2018)
- “Nicholas handles matters from all angles of commercial law, including partnership and probate disputes. He is known for the clarity of his explanations, excellent client treatment and his commercial savvy. ‘He was very well prepared, he knew the papers inside out and was very quick on his feet – he seemed to have three or four counter-arguments up his sleeve.’ ‘He’s a class act who is really good at the detail – he just oozes ability.’ ” Chambers UK, Commercial Dispute Resolution (2017)
- ” ‘Nicholas is an impressive advocate and one to watch.’ ‘He is an extremely capable and bright young barrister. He has a quick-thinking and forensic approach with advocacy skills, knowledge and client-facing skills well beyond his call.’ ’In terms of advocacy, he is obviously excellent but also his advice is practical, he can see clearly and advise the clients on what their objectives need to be and how we can get there.’ ” Chambers UK, Commercial Dispute Resolution (2016)
- “Nicholas specialises in cases with an international or cross-border dimension. He has acted on cases concerning numerous European jurisdictions and regularly advises on issues of jurisdiction and the enforceability of foreign judgments. ‘He is very good at getting to grips with highly complex matters extremely quickly; he’s very astute, methodical and good with detail.’ ‘ He provided a very measured, thoughtful and clear analysis.’ ” Chambers UK, Commercial Dispute Resolution (2015)
Nicholas advises and acts in relation to a range of company law issues, including derivative claims, unfair prejudice petitions, directors’ duties and shareholder agreements.
Nicholas has experience of both corporate and personal insolvency matters.
Nicholas advises and acts in a number of areas of intellectual property law, including copyright, trademark infringement and passing off. His cases range from challenging the abusive registration of internet domain names to European wide copyright infringement in the crimped grain industry.
Nicholas has acted in numerous international and domestic arbitrations, under the Arbitration Act 1996 and otherwise. Notable cases include ASES Havicilik Servic Ve Destek Hizmetleria A.S. v Delkor (UK) Limited  EWHC 3667 (Comm), concerning the granting of restraining orders under s. 44 of the 1996 Act in support of Swiss arbitral proceedings.
Nicholas has experience in a variety of traditional property fields, including TOLATA claims, proprietary estoppel, landlord and tenant proceedings, professional negligence, easements and mortgages.
He also teaches land law at the University of Bristol.
Nicholas has advised and acted in relation to traditional chancery proceedings including the administration of estates, validity and construction of wills and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.
He also teaches the law of trusts at the University of Bristol.
Nicholas is a specialist commercial and chancery law barrister. His particular areas of expertise include commercial and contractual disputes, private international law, domestic and international arbitration.
He is listed in Chambers UK for commercial dispute resolution. Commentators note:
- “He is really sharp on back letter law issues, but he’s practical and a good advocate as well.”
- “I was extremely impressed with his unflappable demeanour and his ability to control the courtroom.”
- “Nicholas is known for the clarity of his explanations, excellent client treatment and his commercial savvy.”
- “He was very well prepared, he knew the papers inside out and was very quick on his feet – he seemed to have three or four counter-arguments up his sleeve.”
- “He’s a class act who is really good at the detail – he just oozes ability.”
- “Nicholas is an impressive advocate and one to watch.”
Nicholas also teaches the laws of contract, land and trusts at the University of Bristol and is the author of a number of precedents and other materials in the field of Private International Law available through the Lexis Nexis PSL services.